loving right now

lovingrightnow-may

perfume | mascara | earrings | watch | tee

a perfume that smells like the ocean. I have been looking for this scent for years. while beach-inspired fragrances are not uncommon, I’ve found that fragrances that truly capture the ocean are harder to come by. what I love about this scent is the hint of salt and earthiness that mingles with the more typical watery notes, and the fact that this does not have any hint of a sunscreen/coconuty note. call it nostalgia, but this smells exactly like the ocean by my hometown – I think it’s the seaweed note that really brings it home for me. (bonus: the bottle & color are gorgeous!)

a waterproof mascara that doesn’t give me raccooon eyes. my lucky streak continues in finally chancing upon a long-searched-for product. I love makeup, but I don’t have the time to reapply or worry about things smudging, whether I’m busy on the floor or just out and about in my personal life. #aintnobodygottimeforthat I’ve always been envious of my girlfriends who can wear any mascara from the drugstore and have lashes for days that stay put, but I’ve never had such luck, aside from the L’Oreal Telescopic waterproof, which, of course, is now discontinued. ::side eye emoji:: prior to this discovery, I was using the YSL Faux Cils waterproof, which gave me all the volume I wanted but sometimes I still had a small amount of flaking/smudging. so far, Monsieur Big  has been completely flake- and smudge-proof. I’ll let you know if that changes, but so far, it’s love.

demi-fine jewelry that won’t break the bank. it’s nice to see more & more retailers offering demi-fine jewelry. it’s a great option for those of us who want some pieces of jewelry that are higher quality but still budget friendly. aside from these hoops, my husband also bought me this necklace, and I’m really pleased with the quality of both pieces.

a watch with a cause. along with my wedding rings, I wear a watch every single day. as someone who prefers using a watch to tell time, I feel naked on the rare occasions I forget to put one on. I have several watches in my collection, the newest of which is this mon amie healthcare watch. aside from being a beautiful watch that looks good, I love that it’s also a watch that does good. being a nurse and a future women’s healthcare provider, this watch has such a special meaning to me as it provides one year of prenatal care to a woman in need. (p.s. all health watches are 20% off for Mother’s Day with code ‘MAMA20’ – the new mesh version is so lovely!)

a tee that combines 2 of my great loves: nursing & languages. I squealed when I saw this tee. scrubs should be, first & foremost, functional, but it doesn’t hurt when they’re pretty, too. as a treat to myself for nurses week, I bought myself a new set of scrubs and this tee.  it was just too good to pass up. (btw, would anyone be interested in a review of FIGS scrubwear? let me know!)

spring things

18.4.5springthings

bag | lip balm | dress | lipstick | sandals | blazer

right around now is when I usually get fully into all things spring. whereas March can sometimes be considered a winter month, April is most definitely in the spring category. this time of year, I go for light – lighter shades, lighter textures, lighter lips.

I’ve added a few things to my closet and makeup drawer in anticipation of the longer, sunnier days. I have this blazer in the original, winter-weight wool and picked it up in this spring-friendly wool/cotton mix in the light grey. I didn’t have any items from Tory Burch, but something about this satchel really caught my eye – perhaps it’s the ladylike top handle juxtaposed with its simple, clean lines. loft plus debuted several weeks back, and while some things have been hit or miss, this dress is 100% a hit. it’s fully-lined and has the prettiest pattern that’s classic but also a little unique. I plan on wearing it on the shoulder to weddings in the warmer months. as for these sandals, they were love at first sight (got them in the mustard yellow). I’m warning you now: I am loving all things yellow these days, so expect to see this color often.

and last but not least, perhaps the easiest way to update your look for a new season is by switching out your lipcolor. this balm is amazing – medium coverage, light as air on the lips, and comes in a slew of colors (I have #12, which is the perfect MLBB and #9, which is a pretty wash of soft fuchsia). bonus: it smells like mangoes! for a full-on lip, I’ve picked up 3 shades of the mac x padma lakshmi collab, in sunset rose (a pretty nude), nude fudge (a soft pink brown that reminds me of the 90s in the best way), and mittai pink, a warm pop of pink. look out for a new-in-makeup post soon.

all ears

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while I do love statement jewelry when the occasion calls for it, I tend to favor small, delicate pieces in my day-to-day. I’ll usually just have a pair of studs in my ears, my wedding & engagement rings, and a watch. sometimes I’ll switch out the studs for something a little bigger, or keep the studs and add a necklace.

but lately, I’ve been really LOVING statement earrings. it started with this pair. I saw them online and ordered them because they reminded me of the pair I wore to death in high school. they’re light, go with everything, and are just big enough to make a statement despite being fairly simple.

that pair was my gateway drug. I’ve since bought 3 more pairs: this fun beaded pair (look so much more expensive than they are), this gorgeous pair (surprisingly light on the ears & now under $13), and this amazing pair that I pre-ordered (this one confirmed that I was well & truly hooked).

if you had told me a couple of months ago that I would be ordering those earrings, I would have said you were crazy. I know statement earrings are very much the trend right now, so maybe I’m just getting swept up in the wave, at least partly, but mostly I think it’s because they’re just fun to wear and fun is something I’ve needed in large doses since moving out east. wearing them is like a little party on your ears, and they make me smile. and really, is there a better reason to wear jewelry than that?

image via (how fierce does she look?)

 

fall additions

9.17 fall additions

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ah, fall. my favorite season. it’s also my favorite season to dress for – I love a good knit. I always spend the most on clothing in the fall, and this year is no exception, although it was a bit more tempered by the fact that I’m still on the job hunt. all in all, I’m really pleased with the handful of things I’ve purchased so far. I’m particularly digging that blazer cardigan from j.crew factory (it’s 100% cotton, thick, and well-made) and the michael kors loafers (like butter on my feet…I might need them in black, too). have you picked up anything for the new season?

I’ll be sharing pics of our apartment soon, now that we’ve settled in a bit. have a good week!

*these links will take you to my personal thirty-one website. I make no money from clicking through the link, only if you were to place an order through me. just fyi. :)

may clothing budget

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st. james x j. crew shirt: $89 $40 on sale + student discount

lauren ralph lauren crossbody: $168 $75 on sale

madewell necklace: $45 $10 on sale + student discount

j. crew factory skirt: $79.50 $32 on sale

j. crew factory tee: $29.50 $11 on sale

j. crew cap-toe flats: $118 $41 on sale + student discount

sperry boat shoes: $90

total: $299

remaining budget for june & july: $201

we’ll be moving to Boston in the beginning of August, which means we need to get serious about planning our move and all of the costs associated with that. to help keep our spending on the lighter end for the next little while, I’m going to start listing out my monthly purchases here on the blog, to keep me accountable and also to share with you guys the things I’m loving & buying. 5% of my present income is about $2000, so that gives me about $500 per quarter to play with for clothing, which is a category that includes everything that I wear (clothes, shoes, accessories) but not makeup.

 

may was a bit spendy – graduation + all the sales + some actual time off of school over the holiday weekend made for a costly combination. but still, I love what I ended up getting. the purse was a bit of a splurge, even at such a steal of a price since I didn’t really need it and wasn’t looking for a new bag, but I couldn’t resist the classic, timeless shape and ultimately bought it as a graduation present.

 

what fun stuff have you found lately? have a good weekend!

 

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